About Patrice Barton

Photo of Patrice Barton

My artistic talents were first discovered at the age of three, when I was found creating a mural on the dining room wall with a pastry brush and a can of Crisco. Although the work itself was never fully appreciated by my parents, my interest in art was. They quickly gave me more appropriate supplies. My passion for art grew, and I earned a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin, where I now live with my husband, son, good dog Archer and one can of Crisco (for cooking only).

Painting of a small girl painting on the wall with Crisco

My clients include:

  • Alfred A. Knopf
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Scholastic Book Club
  • Ideals Children’s Books
  • National Geographic
  • Ladybug Magazine
  • Clubhouse Jr. Magazine
  • Highlights
  • Highlights High Five
  • Hazelden Educational Publishing

You can also view my work at  The Directory of Illustration.

Member Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Picture Book Artists Association


One fish two fish

red fish blue fish … the first book I ever owned. I couldn’t read yet, so I pestered every literate person I could find to read it to me until finally, I had it memorized. I delighted in every word, rhyme, and illustration. Thank you, Dr. Suess, for launching my love of picture books! And to everyone I pestered, a thousand pardons!

Photo of Patrice Barton as a child, an the book 'One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish'